The Craft: Always Learning

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I’ve been writing professionally for over twenty years. I’ve learned prose, grammar, how to dissect a sentence (noun, verb, object …etc.) and how to write a lead that grabs the audience.

Now, I’m adding to my writing portfolio, and taking another path–to romance writing.

And yes, I’m still learning.

I’m learning what makes a reader pick up a book and hold on to every word until the wee hours of the morning. As a reader, I know what keeps me turning the pages. As a writer, I have to learn how to do it.

I’m learning that writing romance and in particular, erotic romance, is no joke. It’s tough. It’s intense. It’s rewarding.

  • If you want your characters to stay with a reader long after the book has been read–it’s tough.
  • If you don’t want your plot to flop midway through the book, but stay fresh until the very last page–it’s tough.

    I’ve discovered some great resources that many writers already use. One of my favorite resources has been the Writer’s Digest Writers Online Workshops.
    They offer workshops for whatever stage you’re in as a writer: beginner, intermediate and advanced. The length and prices of the sessions vary to fit individual needs and timeframes.

    The instructors are wonderful and for the most part, writers and authors. They understand the concept (and struggle) of making your work shine.

    I took the Essentials of Romance Writing workshop and it was one of the best courses I’ve ever taken. The instructor provided constructive criticism and suggestions that made my writing better. I’m indebted to her for all her help and insight. (Thanks, Alice!)

    In any writing, learning and perfecting the craft is important. I’m excited about the upcoming the Romance Writers of America conference, because I’ll have another opportunity to learn. I’ll have the opportunity to be immersed in four days of creativity.

    I’m lovin’ this learning thing.

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